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Discussion in 'Wilderness & Survival Skills' started by stanley_white, Dec 28, 2009.

  1. stanley_white


    Nov 28, 2001
    This morning I wake up in my Great Aunt and Uncle's home and the electricity is out.

    Without missing a beat they pull out several kerosene lanterns and fire them up and light-wise we're good to go. I've got to hand it to the Greatest Generation -- always prepared.

    This got me to stopping by various antique stores on the way home this afternoon looking for lanterns.

    Does anyone here own a lantern?

    Is so, which models / brands are best?

  2. knifeshark


    Jan 7, 2006
    Get a coleman , They last forever and can be had cheap. There are many styles. I have one from 1952... still works great!
  3. Coldwood


    Jun 5, 2006
    We have several varieties of the old fashioned barn lantern with outside wire guards...and interior oil lamps with glass chimney and shade. They've worked well through several power outages. Of course you must realize, if these things get knocked over and break, they are a fire bomb. Be careful.

    Edit: We do not use the type of Coleman lantern that hisses like a steam engine. Just don't like them, our personal preference. Others will like them.

    Also, in this day and age, there are a lot of options for battery-powered lanterns that are both silent and safe.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2009
  4. Snow


    Jun 3, 2001
    I got a Coleman dual fuel with 2 mantles for Christmas that I like a lot. I haven't used it beyond filling it up with gas and starting it up just for the fun factor, but it feels very nicely made.
  5. Bushman5


    Oct 31, 2007
    Dietz all the way!


    Nov 24, 2008
    got 5 colemans,get the dual fuel northstar..
  7. Raisedby wolves

    Raisedby wolves

    Dec 27, 2009
    I have a Coleman two mantle fuel lantern I have been using 25 years without flaw. I also have two Dietz lanterns that use oil that I leave filled with Citro oil all the time. Use them on my deck and for summer storms when the lights go out.

    I really like the oil lanterns. Not as bright, but I really don't need to light up the county.

  8. sizzler


    Nov 14, 2005
    Go old. I scored a great 1952 Dietz kerosene wick lantern at an estate sale for a couple of bucks. Pristine condition.

    Also I am working on restoring/fixing up three old Coleman 200A lanterns. Single mantle round globe. The all vintage '62 is going to my sister and I'm keeping the '68. Cheap, cool, can't buy them new anymore, parts are available, and they keep working for damn near forever.

    The trick to estate sales is to find them on C-list, get there first, and go to the basement first. Look up! Some of the best things are hanging on nails in the floor joists.

    Here is the '62.

  9. bcornelis


    Jan 4, 2007
    I have gone from keresene latterns over to battery powered ones as they are generally safer and easier to use. I have a few brands including Coleman.
  10. brians


    Apr 22, 2006
    Here's my one from Amish country - burns forever and throws off a lot of heat :)

  11. 99f250


    Mar 23, 2009
    Where does one find these?
  12. lk3331


    Dec 6, 2008
    most propane and white gas lanterns have a warning label saying not to use them inside because of carbon monoxide poisoning. other than that i love Coleman propane lanterns
  13. Quirt


    Oct 10, 2005
    We sell Aladdian lamps because of their high quality and awesome 60 watt equivilant light output. They perfect for in home application and can be safely used inside. It is what Amish still use. Do a search on google for Aladdian lamps.

    For a lantern per se...you might consider one of the Coleman 4 D cell lanterns at Walmart that contain the Cree Lamps. They run a long time, have a Cree superbright LED lamp and the batteries can be recharged using a solar charger.

    LED = no fuel to mess with, no spills, no flammable materials to store, and no wicks to worry about breaking.
  14. zombie_killer

    zombie_killer Banned BANNED

    Jul 29, 2009
    if you are living in an adult household , knocking it over shouldn`t be much of a problem. gotta be a bit more careful (as always) with kids in the house though.

    just my opinion
  15. saxon


    Mar 28, 2005
    Aladdin for us for many years. Just used them during several days without power and it reminded me how much I like them. They do seem to use a little more fuel than a standard kerosene lamp, but the light output is worth it.
  16. dartanyon


    May 10, 2002
    I have a sickness ... making kits, collecting knives, liquid fuel stoves and liquid fuel lanterns.

    I recon this one is pretty good (hope you can get it cheaper) -

  17. TXBulldawg


    Mar 29, 2008
    For power outages and such, I've got a couple of Dietzs, a WT Kirkman, and some old oil lamps. We always had oil lamps in the house when I was growing up.

    For nocturnal sunlight when camping, I've got a Coleman propane lantern.

    http://www.lanternnet.com/ has a good selection of Kirkmans and Dietzs as well as oil lamps. The Kirkman is basically the same as the Dietz (made in the same factory, from what I hear), but it's made to different standards. The Kirkman isn't as decorative, but they're galvanized and much beefier than the Dietzs.


    Definitely a potential issue with all-glass lamps, but keep in mind that tubular lanterns are actually pretty safe according to this from the LanternNet.com FAQ:

    Last edited: Dec 29, 2009
  18. sizzler


    Nov 14, 2005
    Nice pics!

    hard to beat the well designed kero lanterns. Keep a handful of wicks, a jerrycan of oil, and a spare globe or two and you have light for almost any situation.:thumbup:


    Apr 14, 2006
    When I was growing up, (yes tony, before the invention of electricity :rolleyes: ) my grandmother did all her lighting with coal oil lamps (no electricity). They worked rather well.

    However, I find myself checking out new generation LED lanterns, and in the interest of making this thread as comprehensive as possible, I'd like to hear about members' experiences with these as well, including any recommendations.

  20. sizzler


    Nov 14, 2005
    Wait, I've been using my wick lanterns with kerosene. Is there a better fuel? Have I been doing it wrong? Some sort of oil?:confused:

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